Kimbrough Claims No Authority to Make TYC Changes

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Governor Rick Perry's appointed special master to investigate the troubled Texas Youth Commission says he's not authorized to order changes.

But Jay Kimbrough told a legislative panel yesterday that he's acting as a vocal advocate to overhaul the agency.

Kimbrough went before the Texas House Corrections Committee.

Kimbrough's role in the investigation -- amid reports of some TYC prisoners being sexually abused -- has been contentious since he was named "special master" on March second.

Some lawmakers want the agency run by a conservator, whose powers and duties are outlined in state law.

Perry spokesman Ted Royer says Kimbrough is the "point man" who's making sure that nothing falls through the cracks.